Friday, June 13, 2008

Leading Off:

  • Unless you've been living under a rock, you know Josh Hamilton (apparently off the wagon, above) is establishing himself as a legitimate MVP candidate. Actually, if you live under a rock you can still get XM or Sirius, whichever one has the MLB package, so you should still know this anyway. In his first year with the Rangers, after being traded for the equally surprising Edinson Volquez, Hamilton's current stat line is: 275 AB/87 Hits/46 Runs/71 RBI/17 HR/18 2B/.316 BA/.361 OBP. He's on pace for 158 Games/110 Runs/170 RBI/41 HR. That's an MVP in my book. He's looking like the first guy to have 100 RBI by the All-Star break (which he'll obviously be starting in) since Juan Gonzalez in 1998. It's not that big a deal though, the guy that did it before rootin' tootin' 'roid shootin' Juan-zo was Hank Greenberg in 1935, so it's fairly common. Like Haley's Comet common.

  • Jones Zone: Currently batting .414 through 61 games. He now has a strained right quad that kept him out of the lineup for 2 days. He's 2 for 8 in the 2 games since his return where he saw is average drop 6 points from .420. He's obviously washed up.

  • Howard Watch: 91 K's through 68 games. On pace for 217 K's. Slow but steady, big fella.

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